December 31, 2010
Personal 2010 Trends
People like to sum up a year as it comes to a close. In that spirit, here are some random observations that I, um, observe about my personal 2010.
Coins. 2010 might be the year I virtually stopped using pocket change. We've been on a long and very gentle slope toward a cashless society, but this is the first year I really noticed this in terms of carrying around coins in my pocket. I throw my spare change into a little piggybank, and in the last two years I accumulated only $27.29 in change. The only things I can remember actually using change for this year was a parking meter and the vending machine at work. However, the former takes cards, and the latter takes bills and everything is now at least a dollar (and most of it is inedible), so there are that many fewer places to get rid of coins.
Media. In 2010 we ditched cable TV. One of the local video stores went bust. My wife watches news and recent TV shows on her laptop. I listen to the "radio" using Pandora. We have a Netflix account, but 95% of the time, we watch something via streaming.
Wheels. In February I bought a new motorcycle. Since then I've put 8000 miles on it, mostly commuting. I don't have hard numbers, but I'm pretty sure that this is substantially more miles than I put on my car. In theory, I could call the insurance company and tell them that I only use my car "occasionally" or whatever their phrase is for a non-commuter vehicle.
Dogs. We have only 33% of the dogs that we started the year with.
Blogging. Holy cow, look at those numbers.
Happy end of 2010! Let's see what 2011 brings.